The Italianate architecture style emerged in the late 18th century and gained popularity throughout the 19th century. It was heavily influenced by Italian Renaissance and Baroque architecture and was characterized by its ornate and grandiose design elements.
The style's origins can be traced back to the works of Italian architects such as Andrea Palladio and Sebastiano Serlio, whose designs emphasized symmetry, proportion, and classical elements. These ideas had a profound impact on European architecture, and the Italianate style emerged as a response to the growing interest in Italian architectural traditions.
One notable example of Italianate architecture is the British Museum in London, designed by architect Sir Robert Smirke in the early 19th century. Its monumental facade, use of classical motifs such as columns and arches, and emphasis on symmetry exemplify the style.
Another prominent example is the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, Australia, designed by architect Joseph Reed in the late 19th century. Its grand dome, crenelated towers, and intricate details showcase the Italianate style's opulence.
Italianate architecture's influence extended to the United States as well, where it became a popular choice for residential and commercial buildings. The James and Sally Harper House in Chicago, designed by architect J. G. Palliser in the late 19th century, is a notable American example of the style. The Kendall Manor pictured in this article - a historic manor in Eufaula, AL - was designed in this style.
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- "Italianate Architecture in Australia." National Trust of Australia, www.nationaltrust.org.au/news/italianate-architecture-australia/.